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The Pie Shack (Annette St.)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on September 8, 2011

Pie Shack TorontoThe Pie Shack, the wildly popular Beaches source for flakey peaches and cream goodness, has opened a second location for west-enders. Its new shop, at the corner of Annette and Clendenan near the Junction, has barely been open a week and is already having trouble keeping up with demand. "Sorry, we ran out," manager Dayle says to customer after customer as they drop in, keen on taking home a savoury pie. "We'll have them next week; come by early!"

Most don't leave empty handed-though, and tote a fruit pie as they head out the door. 'Escort,' rather. They are escorted out the door.

Pie Shack Toronto"We really want to create a friendly, neighbourhood atmosphere, so we have a particular way of doing things," Dayle says. "If you buy a whole pie, we'll walk you out the door; we'll sometimes give kids a free glass of milk with their slice, that sort of thing.

Pie Shack TorontoThis sense of community is not a Pie Shack import, but a tradition upheld from the space's past life as a sandwich shop run by much-beloved resident Peter. Pie Shack owner Tim McConvey found the available shop after Peter had passed on, but wanted to make sure Peter's presence was still felt in the newly adopted space. So he kept some of the original fixtures, such as the shelves, counters, and stools, and created a little nook labeled "Peter's Corner," where kids can help themselves to candies by dropping a quarter in a glass jar.

Pie Shack TorontoBut most everything else in this west-end shop is akin to what you'll find in The Pie Shack in the Beaches. There's the giant (terrifying) stuffed deer by the entrance, an old glass-topped door serving as a communal table, and the same spread of fruit and meat pies (when available, of course) created just for The Pie Shack by a Beaches resident named Norma. "We get them fresh everyday," Dayle says when I ask about supply. "Though Norma's really working hard in order to keep up with demand."

Pie Shack TorontoThe Pie Shack offers whole pies for $25, individual slices (1/4 pie) for $6.00, and coffee, tea, ice cream and more to go along with the main attraction. I'll admit, I was a little surprised at the price; are they churning their own butter? But Dayle assures me it's worth every penny.

Pie Shack TorontoI opt for a slice of cherry pie and it truly is fantastic. The filling is plush with nice, plump cherries and the crust is flakey, buttery, and a little sweet. I swear it tasted as though they really were churning their own butter. Needless to say I had no leftovers, and would happily folk over more dough (excuse the pun) for a slice of bumbleberry, apple cinnamon, or an elusive chicken or beef pot pie.

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Discussion

36 Comments

AV / September 8, 2011 at 09:02 am
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I like what they're trying to do, but 25$ a pie, when a farm fresh one at the local farmers market is about 15$, is pushing it.

BOL regardless and welcome to the Junction
danielle / September 8, 2011 at 10:21 am
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I was thrilled to see a business take over the old Sunny Bar that chose to maintain the integrity of the space. Can't wait to check them out!
Rob / September 8, 2011 at 10:54 am
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Welcome to the neighbourhood, Pie Shack!
While many of us are still coming to terms with the fact that Pete's has closed after so many years, it is nice to see your store reopen in its place.

One minor quibble -- it just doesn't feel right to see Pete referred to as Peter in an article like this (or on the Peter's corner sign in the store). He was never known as Peter when he ran this store. Everyone knew him as Pete. The store was "Pete's" (and occasionally the Sunny Bar) but never "Sunny's". This was the case when I went to Annette and Humberside schools (the 90's) and when my parents bought grilled cheese and candy from Pete in the 60's. Even his Toronto Star obituary referred to him as Pete.

See: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2234158990 for a great collection of anecdotes from many of his customers over the years. A copy of his obit is also available at: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2234158990&;topic=1896
MrPotato / September 8, 2011 at 11:33 am
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Kudos on the Paw Shack set up for dogs!
Sarah / September 8, 2011 at 11:35 am
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So great to see little old fashioned eaterys like this one being introduced to my new neighborhood :) Can't wait to try this place out.
MrFace / September 8, 2011 at 11:43 am
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Too bad their pies are not actually fresh and made on site. Ordering pies from a third party and heating them up shouldn't cost as much as it does.
Sandman / September 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm
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Can't comment .... going to head over there right now for pie!!!!
Sharon / September 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm
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I love the signage over the door:-) Very cool.
Heidi / September 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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My favourite doggy out front. Congratulations to your success! ~ heidi (the one with the crazy terrier that you used to pass every morning with your coffee on the Boardwalk.)
Dave / September 8, 2011 at 01:05 pm
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Stuff white people like.
Angus / September 8, 2011 at 01:15 pm
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Too expensive for me, it's a courtesan pie and will serve that niche.
Math / September 8, 2011 at 02:29 pm
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Why does a whole pie cost $1 more than four quarters of a pie?
JR replying to a comment from Math / September 8, 2011 at 06:30 pm
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It's actually a dollar less. The $0.50 in HST (which is a little to arithmetically convenient and is not actually even 10% of $6) makes the slice $6.50. That times four brings you to $26.
Anna replying to a comment from Dave / September 9, 2011 at 02:07 am
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tell me about it.
Chris / September 9, 2011 at 07:55 am
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$25 for a pie? Wake up people!
danielle / September 9, 2011 at 09:13 am
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Here go the commenters nit-picking about prices like a bunch of senior citizens at a retirement home. Yikes. Treat yourself once in a while to something made with care and quality by one pair of hands, versus a $10 assembly-line product containing cheap ingredients from the grocery store. It's not like you should eat this stuff every day. Btw, pies sold at farmers' markets don't have to factor in the overhead that comes with running a retail store.
Johnny / September 9, 2011 at 10:06 am
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Went on the weekend. The strawberry rhubarb is f*ckin' fantastic! Welcome to the hood!
Chris / September 9, 2011 at 11:31 am
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My guess is at $25 a pie, it better taste F'n fantastic. $25 is more than an hour's pay for the average Joe. I guess you guys in the Beaches have lots of money to throw away so Bon Appetit.
Jake replying to a comment from danielle / September 9, 2011 at 02:44 pm
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Danielle nails it here.
seanm replying to a comment from danielle / September 9, 2011 at 05:51 pm
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I think it's reasonable to question $25 for a pie. I can get a fantastic pie for 6 bucks at Montmartre, so they're even cheaper than the grocery store crap. Granted you'll have to visit Scarborough (worth it), but the point is, $25 is overkill.
wtf / September 9, 2011 at 05:53 pm
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I am NOT paying $6 a slice of pie. No matter how good and nevermind the $25 for a whole one! One sitting for 2 ppl= $20+ for pie??? INSANE!
daniel / September 11, 2011 at 10:49 am
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PETES!!!!
paul / September 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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i like pies!! and their pies do look wonderful. the fillings are excellent, but the crusts miss the mark!! they are doughy and the bottoms are leathery. you shouldnt need a knife to eat a pie. i'll have another piece when they offer an alternative to butter crusts.. tho i will go back and try the pot pies when they arrive..
paul simpson / September 11, 2011 at 04:56 pm
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the pies look great, and the fillings are excellent.. but for me, the butter crusts dont cut it.. slightly doughy and need a knife for the bottom crust.. would rather have a lard crust that is truly light and flakey... still want to check out the pot pies when they come..
paul simpson / September 11, 2011 at 07:46 pm
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way to go, webmaster!!! twice i posted an honest review and twice you deleted them... originally i wasnt planning on taking this further.. but...
Shana / September 14, 2011 at 02:16 pm
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Got take out pie slices, reheated them at home as per instructions. To our disappointmentment the crust was extremely tough and chewy, to the point that it was hard to get a fork through it. I don't know what happened or if they're always like this, but our slices were definitely not worth the price.
Manon / September 25, 2011 at 03:18 pm
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First visit revealed their secret: Personalized service and great conversation ... added value worth every penny of those delicious pies. Owner Tim and staff channel a bygone era of relationship-building customer service that goes beyond order taking.

Worth the pie ... and the visit.

Alannah / September 25, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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Delicious addition to the 'hood. Fruit pies out of this world!

Chicken pot pie impressive -- so full with chicken-veggie-flakey pastry goodness. Tad on dry side, though. Need to pack more of that seasoned gravy inside pie or offer it as a side to pour on.

Good luck.
SlartyB / October 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm
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I visited the The Pie Shack today. Yes the pies are a tad overpriced, but they are excellent. I had the Blueberry, which was packed with flavor without the filling being too sweet or gooey (i.e - just right!). I note that some people didn't like the crust. I did find the edge to be a little difficult to get through with only a fork, but otherwise the crust was melt-in-the mouth delicious. I will be back (more frequently if they dropped their prices - but I'd just end up fat!). Oh, and their reasonably priced bottomless coffee is pretty good too!
cgad66 / October 13, 2011 at 02:49 am
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I do not think its worth the price. My brother bought the peaches and cream pie for our Thanksgiving dinner. He says they were lovely people, but I felt it was skimpy on the fruit and the crust was??? a bit heavy, and almost crunchy. I kind of liked it, but definitely not at that price. For 25 bucks, cut the fruit so it layers nicely and has a bulk to it. Not the skinny and skimpy fare they are offering.
The best pie I have had was at a place called Farmers market in St. Catharines, when I lived there over fifteen years ago.
mcgoo960 / October 23, 2011 at 04:02 pm
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Great pie and good ice cream but in the long run nothing special and the price is way too high for what is being offered plus no change in return for payment when change is due which was very cheeky but they do have a great location.
buildy / December 3, 2011 at 02:21 pm
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too bad, what happened to the original signage? any wat good luck!
buildy replying to a comment from JR / December 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm
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oi, good grief :(
Kermit50 replying to a comment from danielle / February 7, 2012 at 09:23 pm
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The 30 minute drive to Downeys farms on Heart Lake Road will give you the best pie EVER. We do the drive once a month. You can get any pie, small or large, baked or unbaked an frozen. 11.99 for a large freshly baked pie....the best. They also have overhead, their farm is huge! No excuse for a $25.00 pie. It takes me 15 min to get to your place and 30 min to getntomDowneys farm for a much better pie at a much better price ANYDAY!

I cannot believe my husband picked up 2 pies. For a total of $50! Never again. Rip off! Overhead or no overhead, you are totally rippingnoff the customer.
Momzie / May 28, 2012 at 02:26 pm
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Bought a beef pie today and was disappointed to find it was all mince meat. Traditionally I have only ever had or made beef pies with small cubes of beef and some gravy and maybe veg but definitely not minced meat.
For Lease?? / May 3, 2014 at 08:49 am
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Went by this place the other day and there was a FOR LEASE sign on the window. Is the Pie Shack moving? :(

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